Ask any New Yorker: if there’s one burger worth lining up for in NYC, it’s at Shake Shack.
With six locations throughout New York City, including the original “Shack” in Madison Square Park, Shake Shack is famous for its mouth-watering burgers, perfectly split and griddled, all-natural hot dogs, and imaginative frozen custard blends known as “concretes.”
And line up you will: even with service that consistently exceeds standards set by some of NYC’s finest restaurants (seriously, the staff at Shake Shack give New Yorkers a good name!), expect to wait long enough that your taste buds are thoroughly stoked for this beloved burger-and-shake joint’s signature menu items.
Because that long line doesn’t just mean Shake Shack is popular with the lunchtime crowd seeking cheap eats made with high-quality ingredients. It’s also an indication that your burger (or hot dog) was cooked to order using only the freshest ingredients, like antibiotic- and hormone-free, 100 percent all-natural Angus beef, which is ground daily.
At Shake Shack’s flagship burger stand in Madison Square Park — conveniently located near the Flatiron Building stop on Gray Line’s Hop-on, Hop-Off Tours — you won’t mind the wait. This popular location was recently featured in the Kate Hudson/Ginnifer Goodwin movie “Something Borrowed.” Grab a table in the shade and people-watch until the buzzer indicates your order is up. Then, you’ll see why even notoriously fickle New Yorkers keep coming back to the Shack: cooked to perfection and served with your choice of fresh tomato, lettuce pickle or onion (in addition to tangy “Shacksauce”, of course), there’s no better burger to be had in NYC. (And good luck finding anything equally tasty for less than $5 in Manhattan!)
Meanwhile, the rich and creamy “concretes” are made from frozen custard blended with toppings that evoke some of your favorite desserts — from “Jelly’s Last Donut,” which combines frozen vanilla custard, New York City’s own Doughnut Plant donuts, strawberry preserves and cinnamon sugar, to “The Urban Lumbershack,” a blend of vanilla custard, fried Belgian waffles, bananas, and The Redhead’s bacon peanut brittle. Shake Shack even keeps a “Custard Calendar” so you can plan your New York itinerary around each incredible dessert of the day.
Vegetarians have the option of trying Shake Shack’s ’Shroom Burger, made from a whole roasted portobello mushroom, while French fries are made without artificial trans fats, and have 25 percent less fat than average fries.
While the Madison Square Park location is a kiosk with outdoor seating, the other five Shake Shack locations throughout NYC have counter service with spacious indoor seating.
Follow up a trip to the American Museum of Natural History or an afternoon biking through Central Park with lunch at Shake Shack’s Upper West Side location (366 Columbus Avenue at 77th Street). Hop on the “C Line” if you’re only ordering a cold item, or grab a pint of custard to enjoy in the park.
The Upper East Side Shake Shack is located just a few blocks east of the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 154 East 86th Street (mid-block, between Lexington and 3rd Ave). Wine and local craft beers are also available at reasonable prices — just $5 for Brooklyn Brewery’s Shackmeister Ale.
The Theater District Shake Shack is conveniently located near Times Square’s biggest family friendly attractions — a perfect fit considering there are few kids who don’t love a good hotdog with ketchup. Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not are both just a few blocks from Shake Shack in Times Square (8th Avenue and 44th Street).
Meanwhile in Battery Park City, Shake Shack serves up the same great burgers just a few blocks from the Sept. 11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan. Fuel up before catching the New York Water Taxi Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour at nearby Slip 6 in Battery Park. Shake Shack’s Battery Park City location (215 Murray Street, between West Street and North End Avenue) features concretes crafted specifically for the Downtown set: try the “Wall-nut Street” — a mix of vanilla custard, chocolate truffle cookie dough, walnuts and amarena cherries.
With so many locations near New York’s biggest attractions, we wouldn’t blame you if you logged more than one visit to Shake Shack during your stay in NYC.
See you in line!